Occupational Therapy Assistant

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing – OTA

Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.

The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements.

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential OTA License prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.”

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.

Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.


Occupational therapy is a skilled treatment that assists people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments and addresses the physical, psychological and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupations. Entry level practice requires a master’s degree for occupational therapists and an associate’s degree for occupational therapy assistants.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum at Navarro College includes both classroom education at the College and fieldwork (clinical) training in occupational therapy and community settings. Upon successful completion of academic and fieldwork education, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for occupational therapy assistants provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Additional employment requires, such as state licensure, vary from state to state and among countries. The student is encouraged to determine the additional employment requirements of the state or nation in which he or she wishes to work.

Requirements for Student Progression, Completion and Retention


The CastleBranch company has provided link to create an account and begin uploading the required documentation for the OTA program. Click the CastleBranch-Instructions (PDF) for details. You will not be eligible to begin classes if all required documents have not been uploaded to the system and approved.

The completion of the CastleBranch information is required only for students that have been officially accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.


  • All required coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Students will provide proof of required or state-mandated health screenings, immunizations, and CPR training. Clinical and practicum training will require drug screenings.
  • Clinical and practicum training in practice settings, may require extended travel (early mornings, evenings, and weekends) within 60 miles of the student’s home.
  • Entry into Level II Fieldwork (practicum) must occur within six months of completing academic studies. Completion of Level II Fieldwork (practicum) of 16 weeks must occur within 16 months of completion of academic studies.
  • The program must be completed with four (4) years of registration of the first OTHA course.
  • Interruption in sequence of studies may require additional coursework to help ensure clinical readiness.

Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam and/or attain state licensure.


Admission to the OTA Program is a separate procedure from admission to Navarro College. Applicants must first meet all admission criteria for Navarro College. After acceptance as a student by Navarro College, a student may submit an application to the OTA Program. Positions in this program are limited. A new class is accepted for admission into the program each summer.

Admission to the OTA Program is based on a competitive basis. Applicants are awarded points and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of Prerequisites and Grade Awarded:
    • HPRS 1101 Introduction to Health Professions
    • OTHA 1201 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
    • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Overall GPA (grade point average) of Prerequisite Courses
  • Completion of Prior Degree (points will vary depending on the degree)
  • Previous Health Care Work Experience
  • Completion/Exemption of the College Entrance Test (TSI)

Applicants with the highest number of points will be selected for the number of vacant position in the next class admission. Students who are ranked but not admitted due to program resources will be held as alternates. Annual enrollment will be determined by Navarro College and based on available fieldwork education sites, faculty, or other factors.

Selection of students for admission into the program will take place during the month of April. Students should receive notification as to their status within the program during the month of May. Students selected for admission will be required to return the Declaration of Intent and attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of classes.

Program information sessions are conducted throughout the year on the Midlothian* and Corsicana campuses. It is recommended that any student considering application to the program attend an information session.
*NOTE: Beginning in July 2018, the Midlothian program will move to the Waxahachie Campus.

The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Navarro College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been granted Accreditation by ACOTE.

ACOTE can be contacted at:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-2682

Complaints regarding the program can be addressed to the OTA Program Director and/or Dean for Health Professions.


See the Navarro College Catalog for degree plans for A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant


See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings at


Occupational Therapist


Helpful Resources for Research

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Resources
Evidence based medicine
Evidence based occupational therapy (OT Seeker)
Library of Congress
National Academy Press
National Library of Medicine
NIH guide for grants and contracts


The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
For Prospective Students


OTA Employer/Fieldwork Educator Survey


Dean’s Office
Corsicana Campus

Program Coordinator
Corsicana Campus


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